Amid rumour and counter rumour George Lucas finally announced today the title of the third instalment of the Star Wars Canon.
At a press conference at Skywalker Ranch the man showbiz knows as "The Guy with the strange neck" filled in some of the plot detail that has been the source of so much speculation from many weeks.
"We are looking to take the series into a different direction from the first two and provide a nice segway into the original movie which, of course, this precedes" explained Lucas from the lectern.
"Star Wars III : Darth Vader's Day Off is a light-hearted teen comedy about a young padawan trying to let his hair down just for a day" continued Lucas. "the action will centre around Anakin Skywalker pretending to be sick one day so he can lounge around the house in his underpants, meet up with Princess Amidala and hang out in the Mall."
Lucas then admitted that the film will continue with the dark menace of the previous two. "they realise that this could be their last day together as the princess has been accepted onto a course for Pre Nursery Ewok care and is leaving for the fourth moon of Endor in the morning. So the decide to break into the emperors's garage and steal his vintage Ferrari landspeeder"
Lucas did not elaborate how this event leads to the subjugation of the young Skywalker into his alter ego Darth Vader but he did add "it's a wild and wacky ride of fun and adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat for ages"
Ewan MacGregor will be reprising his bad impression of Sir Alec Guinness who will take the part of the grumpy Jedi Master who tries to catch his wayward Padawan playing hooky. In a surprise bit of casting Lucas announced that Ricky Gervais will be playing Darth Brent, the Sith apprentice who assists the evil emperor Palpatine to take over the galaxy, by skilled use of sexist jokes and bad dancing.
Shocks were the order of the day when Lucas also announced the name of his second unit director as Micheal Moore.